15 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Relocating from Maine to Texas in the '90s was one of the best ideas Slaid Cleaves ever had, as it let him forge relationships with musicians best equipped to bring his music to life. Every Cleaves album has moments where the magic comes together. His "real" country voice handles these tales of an unsentimental America where "no one remembers your name/just for working hard" with beauty and compassion. The matter-of-fact hell that awaits young soldiers returning from war in the title track is ominous. While darkness lingers as if this were an early-'80s Bruce Springsteen album, there are moments of celebration in the tribute to the late Texas yodeler Don Walser. And in "Texas Love Song," Cleaves (with Terri Hendrix harmonizing) isn't afraid of getting silly with music recalling country & western from the '40s and '50s. This edition of the album includes two bonus tracks: the rockabilly-based "Wranglin' Ron" and the devastating weeper "Another Man's Wealth," where income inequality never sounded like more of a betrayal.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Relocating from Maine to Texas in the '90s was one of the best ideas Slaid Cleaves ever had, as it let him forge relationships with musicians best equipped to bring his music to life. Every Cleaves album has moments where the magic comes together. His "real" country voice handles these tales of an unsentimental America where "no one remembers your name/just for working hard" with beauty and compassion. The matter-of-fact hell that awaits young soldiers returning from war in the title track is ominous. While darkness lingers as if this were an early-'80s Bruce Springsteen album, there are moments of celebration in the tribute to the late Texas yodeler Don Walser. And in "Texas Love Song," Cleaves (with Terri Hendrix harmonizing) isn't afraid of getting silly with music recalling country & western from the '40s and '50s. This edition of the album includes two bonus tracks: the rockabilly-based "Wranglin' Ron" and the devastating weeper "Another Man's Wealth," where income inequality never sounded like more of a betrayal.

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